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Specialist Cameras Systems Grab The Action
By Adrian Pennington
Specialist camera systems are moving out of a niche and into the mainstream. Where a few years ago jimmy jibs, remote heads and highspeed camera were introduced around the edges of mainly large scale sports events, now such technologies are regularly providing another angle on sports as well as broadcast entertainment shows. The market continues to grow and in the UK can be expected to reach arguably its biggest year to date in 2012 dominated by the Olympic Games but with the Euro soccer championships and several days of Diamond Jubilee celebrations which will dwarf even last year’s Royal Wedding in terms of demand for outside broadcast facilities. To stand out from the crowd specialist camera rental firms have to deliver quality product and quality service. Many also employ in-house engineering teams which take off-the-shelf systems and customise them for a particular client. Out of this endeavour can emerge product that can be marketed commercially in its own right.

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ACS devised a 3D rig for rugby’s Super League final

High Flying

Take Aerial Camera Systems (ACS) compact remote SMARThead which works with Ikegami HDL51 box cameras as well as Sony HKC-T adapters for HDC-1500 and HDC- 950 families plus HDCX300 box style cameras. With the use of a just launched cradle the SMARThead can take larger 40x42 lenses “useable across the full focal length” says sales director Matt Coyde. “We also have a pan bar solution which replicates the user interface which camera-ops are familiar with.” Widely used inside Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding and at Wimbledon 2011, ACS is currently optimising the SMARThead system into a 3D remote head for launch in the new year. “We believe that we can offer all our specialist HD camera systems in 3D from railcam to aerial and minicam solutions,” says sales director Matt Coyde.

ACS devised a 3D flown railcam system for Sky Sports coverage of the Super League Grand Final comprising a STAB-C Compact stabilised head mounted with a 3ality Technica Pulsar rig and fitted with two Sony HDCP1 cameras. “3D remains a bit of a cottage industry with limited if growing off the shelf product which is where specialists such as ourselves can help out and fill in the gaps in an OB producer’s armoury,” says Coyde. ACS are monitoring developments in higher than HD resolution camera systems, reckoning there will be increased demand for capture at 2K and 4K for productions looking to archive footage. “We think there’s a small but growing market for aerial filming for the purposes of archiving or on natural history filmmaking where hiresolution, small form
Egripment’s TDT system

factor cameras like the Red range, Arri Alexa and Sony F65 will see increasing use,” says Coyde. Egripment’s recent developments include TDT, a high-quality encoding package designed for use in virtual and augmented reality, both areas it sees as a rising trend. According to the firm’s Saskia van Waas, “TDT is easy to integrate with the graphics software of leading

manufacturers of virtual studios and graphics systems.” It also has a Generic Track System for live and computer controlled applications which, says van Waas, allows users to control the dolly movements repeatedly and precisely. Together with partner Fx-motion, Egripment recently supplied full camera studio automation for German news channel, n-tv. “The goal was to deliver a fully integrated system which could be used in the automation environment of the channel,” says van Waas. “As the channel broadcasts 24/7, reliability as well as highly redundant system architecture with a minimum of maintenance service was required and successfully delivered.”

On The Ball

Camera developer and supplier Camera Corps is onto the second generation of its flagship product, the Q-Ball miniature remote pan and tilt system. The new version is now available with up to 18 pre-set positions and a new faster version
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